ONC Outlines International Interoperability Goals
While the greater U.S. healthcare industry focuses on interoperable information systems, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is working with governments from Europe and elsewhere to develop common international standards.
With the goal of increasing patient access to health information internationally, the agency and its counterparts are trying to create “building blocks for interoperability,” ONC’s chief science officer, Doug Fridsma, MD, wrote in a recent blog post.
The ONC and the National Institutes of Health’s Library of Medicine are working with the European Union’s epSOS EHR interoperability project in a multi-year collaboration that’s currently focused on identifying “international vocabularies for medications, problems, administrative and disease monitoring, and laboratory tests that can serve as a draft international standard for medical concepts,” Fridsma wrote.
The current work follows a memorandum of understanding from 2010, signed by HHS and the European Commission establishing a guide for collaborating on international health IT interoperability.
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